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SDN: Guidance on Delivering 3rd Platform Datacenter Networking

SDN: Guidance on Delivering 3rd Platform Datacenter Networking

This IDC study examines how the 3rd Platform is driving the need for new approaches to network architecture and design, such as software-defined networking (SDN). At the same time, SDN is occasioning a need for new operational approaches to datacenter networking. As such, network operations teams and network professionals must determine how SDN can best address the dynamic requirements of the 3rd Platform application workloads of most importance to their organization. They also must ensure that they restructure and retrain their networking teams to work in better alignment and more collaboratively with their IT counterparts and to become more contextually relevant to the emerging application workloads that are the digital lifeblood of their organizations.

"Cloud computing and other pillars of the 3rd Platform are providing a strong impetus for change in datacenter networking. This change spans not only network architectures — where SDN increasingly is required for network automation, programmability, and orchestration — but also network operations, which is being compelled by SDN to break out of its narrow silo and to become more closely intertwined with other IT disciplines and with continuous development processes and DevOps." — Brad Casemore, director of research, Datacenter Networking, IDC

Please Note: Extended description available upon request.

IDC Opinion
In This Study
Situation Overview
SDN as a Means to an End
Meeting the Operational Challenges of SDN
The Shift to a DevOps Mindset
Need for New Knowledge and Different Skills
SDN in Context
Future Outlook
Essential Guidance
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Related Research
Figure: Primary Drivers for SDN Adoption
Figure: Operational Changes Accompanying SDN
Figure: Operational Changes and Objectives Anticipated After SDN Deployment

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